Network World and Global Knowledge Form Strategic Partnership

SOUTHBOROUGH, MA — DECEMBER 7, 2000 — Network World Fusion (, networking's most active online community, and Global Knowledge, a world leader in IT education, today announced that they have entered into an agreement in which Network World will become a premier full-service media provider of Global Knowledge course offerings. The Network World-Global Knowledge partnership will be one of the cornerstones of a new IT Learning and Certification portal that Network World will be launching as part of its Fusion website in early 2001.


Network World's IT Seminars and Events Group currently offers syndicated and custom technology events that attract some of the largest audiences of qualified, influential, high-level Network IT professionals. Through the partnership with Global Knowledge, Network World will extend its reach by providing a channel for hands-on network-specific courses. Included will be training and certification courses for Cisco, Microsoft, Oracle, Nortel, and other network vendors' products. In addition, there will be dozens of Global-developed network-specific courses such as Understanding Network Fundamentals, ATM Essentials, Voice over DSL and more.

"This link between our two premier companies will bring a more efficient method for IT managers and their staffs to fulfill their training and certification needs," said Charley Spektor, General Manager, Network World Fusion. "Upgrading technical skills has emerged as a key concern for companies large and small, and Network World is delivering a way to fill the ever-expanding needs of our network customers."

About Network World

Network World, Inc., the Leader in Network Knowledge, empowers Network Leaders and enables e-business through education, information and community. Network World is the leading provider of news, analysis, reviews, events and education on information technology. Network World publishes the leading newsweekly, Network World, hosts the most active online community, Network World Fusion (http://www.nwfusion), and produces educational seminars and vents worldwide.

About Global Knowledge Network

Global Knowledge Network, Inc., is the world's largest independent nformation technology education integrator, with worldwide headquarters in Cary, NC. Global Knowledge develops and manages technical skills for individuals and organizations of all sizes and provides education programs across 20 countries in 15 different languages every day. Global Knowledge delivers integrated education solutions through the company's education services, enterprise services, training products, and outsourcing services divisions. Global Knowledge also fosters strategic partnerships with top players in the IT industry, including Cisco Systems, Nortel Networks, Microsoft, and Red Hat. For more information, visit:

About International Data Group

Network World, Inc. is a division of IDG, the world's leading IT media, research and exposition company. IDG publishes more than 300 magazines and newspapers and 4,000 book titles and offers online users the largest network of technology-specific sites around the world through (, which comprises more than 270 targeted Web sites in 70 countries. IDG is also a leading producer of 168 computer-related expositions worldwide, and provides IT market analysis through 50 offices in 43 countries worldwide. Company information is available at